After installing the operating system and the latest Service Packs, it is highly recommended to install the drivers in the order they are presented here.
Loading un-signed drivers
Microsoft Windows* 2000 looks for a driver "signature" before loading any third party drivers. A digital signature verifies that Microsoft* has validated the driver for use with Microsoft Windows 2000. Device drivers that have not yet been certified by Microsoft will pop up a message stating so. If the 'Digital Signature Not Found' dialog appears, click 'Yes' to continue installing the driver.
Intel® Chipset Software Installation Utility (INF Update Utility)
There are resources in Intel chipsets that are not automatically recognized by Windows 2000. It is critical that the INF utility is installed in order to enable chipset features and optimize performance with Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor-based systems.
Note: It is critical that the INF utility is installed first before any other drivers. The INF can be installed from the Intel® Express Installer CD or you may download the latest Intel INF utility from Download Center.
The drivers for the on-board LAN adapter can be installed from the driver CD or you may download the latest LAN adapter driver from Download Center.
The drivers for the on-board audio can be installed from the driver CD or you may download the latest audio driver from Download Center.
The drivers for the on-board graphics can be installed from the driver CD or you may download the latest audio driver from Download Center.
Enabling Hi-Speed USB 2.0
Microsoft Windows* 2000 Service Pack 4 must be installed and manually enabled to support Hi-Speed USB 2.0. Microsoft Windows* 2000 Service Pack 4 is available at Microsoft's support Web site.
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 must be manually enabled on Microsoft Windows 2000 systems that have been upgraded to Service Pack 4. Once Service Pack 4 has been installed, complete the following steps to enable Hi-Speed USB 2.0.
- Open the Device Manager for Microsoft Windows* 2000.
- In the Universal Serial Bus (USB) Controller.
- Select the Driver tab at the top of the Universal Serial Bus Controller Properties window.
- Click on the button labeled Reinstall Driver.
- Click on the Next button three times.
- Click on the Finish button.
- Click on the Close button.
Microsoft* DirectX 9
Microsoft DirectX 9 includes updated drivers for the most popular sound and video adapters currently available. It is critical that this version of DirectX is installed in order to enable optimum platform performance with Intel Pentium 4 processor-based systems. DirectX 9 can be downloaded from the Microsoft DirectX Web site*.
Power Management Settings
The Power Options applet in the Control Panel dictates sleep operation. Here are some common settings:
Power Schemes tab:
- Power Scheme: "Home/Office Desk".
- Turn off monitor: This setting can be any desired time. If this setting is a time greater than the "System Standby" option, Standby will occur first, making this setting unused.
- Turn off hard disks: This setting can be any desired time. If this setting is a time greater than the "System Standby" option, Standby will occur first, making this setting unused.
- System Standby: The amount of idle time before the system enters the sleep (S1 or S3) state.
- "Power Buttons" option: Change the "When I press the power button on my computer" option to "Standby". This will enable the system to go to standby (S3) state instead of shutdown when the power button is pressed.
IEEE 1394 (Optional)
A Microsoft patch for IEEE 1394 is required for Windows 2000. The patch has been included in the Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 release and is available at Microsoft's support Web site.
Third Party Drivers
You'll need to load the drivers for any third party hardware components you plan to install in your PC Refer to the documentation that comes with such hardware for complete instructions on installation.
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